2015 Inductees to the ECE Alumni Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our 34 inaugural inductees. They were honored at a luncheon on Friday, October 30, 2015, as part of Alumni Homecoming.


Tülay Adali

Tülay Adali received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD, the same year. She is currently a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

She has been very active in conference and workshop organizations. She was the general or technical co-chair of the IEEE Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) and Neural Networks for Signal Processing Workshops 2001−2008, and helped organize a number of conferences including the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP). She has served or currently serving on numerous editorial boards and technical committees of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. She was the chair of the technical committee on MLSP, 2003−2005 and 2011−2013.

Prof. Adali is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AIMBE, a Fulbright Scholar, recipient of a 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2013 University System of Maryland Regents' Award for Research, and an NSF CAREER Award. She was an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 and 2013. Her research interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, machine learning for signal processing, and biomedical data analysis.


Gregory E. Bottomley (pictured as a student on the left) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, in 1989, all in electrical engineering. From 1985 to 1987 he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Whippany, NJ, working in the area of sonar signal processing. In 1990, he was a Visiting Lecturer at NCSU, Raleigh. Greg Bottomley todayFrom 1991 until 2009 he was with Ericsson Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC, performing research in wireless communications, including contributing to 20 journal articles, 46 conference papers and over 100 patents. In the fall of 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar at NCSU, working on the book Channel Equalization for Wireless Communications: From Concepts to Detailed Mathematics, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2011. His is currently with Northrop Grumman, Morrisville, NC.

Dr. Bottomley is an IEEE Fellow (2007). He served as an Associate Editor and then as the Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He also served as Technical Program Committee Co-chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2007 as well as an IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer. In his spare time, he composes hymn arrangements for piano.

"Keep learning."


Laura Bottomley, ASEE Fellow, is the Director of Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place for K-20 Outreach and a Teaching Associate Professor in the Colleges of Engineering and Education at NC State University. She teaches an Introduction to Engineering class for incoming freshmen in the College and Children Design, Invent, Create, a course for elementary education students that introduces them to engineering design and technology as well as various electrical engineering classes.

Bottomley Today

In 2009 Dr. Bottomley was selected for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Mentoring by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and by the Educational Activities Board of the IEEE for an Informal Education Award. She was also inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women in 2008 for her contributions to eliminating racism and empowering women and was selected as the 2011 Woman of the Year by the RTP chapter of Women in Transportation. In 2013 she was named one of 125 Transformational Women by NC State University.

Bottomley received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984 and 1985, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from NC State in 1992. She has previously worked at AT&T Bell Labs on ISDN standards and Duke University teaching classes and directing a lab in the electrical engineering department.


Joseph S. Colson, Jr. earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1968 and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1969.

He began his career with Bell Laboratories and served in numerous positions until becoming president of the AT&T Affiliates sales division.

He was one of the founding leaders of Lucent Technologies, ultimately serving as president of International Regions and Professional Services until his retirement in 1998. Under his leadership, Lucent became one of the leaders of the industry.

He has remained active in engineering at NC State and serves on the Board of Directors of the NC State Engineering Foundation. He made a significant contribution to the College by establishing the Dr. Joseph S. Colson Engineering Scholarship in his father's memory. He has received numerous honors, including an honorary doctorate of humanities from North Carolina A&T State University and honors from Black Enterprise magazine and Black Engineer magazine for his professional achievements.


Wesley B. (Wes) Covell is vice president of Middle East Business Development for Harris Corporation. In this role, Wes is responsible for driving top line growth and capturing large, multi-year opportunities. Additionally, he serves as the managing director of Harris Atlas Systems, LLC, a joint venture between Harris Corporation and Atlas Telecom, a United Arab Emirates-based technology leader.

Previously, Wes was vice president of Growth Markets, and was responsible for strategic direction and oversight for international growth initiatives. Earlier, he was vice president of Strategy and chief growth officer for Harris Corporation and was responsible for the Emerging Business Opportunities initiative and the corporation’s strategic growth plan.

Since joining Harris, Wes has held positions of increasing responsibility, including president of the Defense Programs business, division vice president of engineering, vice president in the corporate technology group, and vice president of engineering for the Defense Programs business. Before joining Harris in 1990, Covell was a systems engineer with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, working on communications systems for the U.S. Navy and Army.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

"I encourage you to build a strong foundation of skills and values. When you encounter life’s inevitable change events, embrace them, learn from them, and grow from them. If you do, you will be well positioned for a lifetime of challenge, growth and success."


William H. Dean is the Chief Executive Officer of M.C. Dean, the nation's expert provider of electronic systems integration and electrical and telecommunications systems engineering, specialty construction, and operations and maintenance. With a staff of more than 3,500, the firm has a reputation for excellence and expertise resultant from its large contingent of engineers and technicians, many of whom are recognized industry experts. M.C. Dean has a global presence, having performed work on five continents and over 40 countries from its 25 offices in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Under Dean's leadership, M.C. Dean has grown twentyfold in annual revenues. More than 95% of this growth has been organic, the result of the firms outstanding, long term staff and its focus on the retention and development of existing clients and the expansion of service offerings within its core electrical, telecommunications, and electronic systems market. Today, M.C. Dean specializes in the lifecycle delivery of a diverse range of multi-disciplined technical solutions, from VSAT IP satellite networks, to command and control systems, to fiber to the home (FTTH) networks, and to mission critical power systems.

Dean is actively involved in numerous industry organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), and the American Society of Industrial Security. He has a leadership role on a variety of boards and councils related to technical education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. Among these are the D.C. Workforce Investment Council, the D.C Apprenticeship Council and he served on the 2010 Board of the Washington Airports Task Force. Mr. Dean is also a periodic guest lecturer at Georgetown University.

Dean holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University.


John M. Eubanks received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from NCSU in 1956 and 1962. In 1966 Eubanks, and Robert Bedingfield, started Computer Labs, a company in Greensboro, NC. Bedingfield handled the business end of the company and Eubanks lead the product development. Computer Labs developed and sold analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and related items. The analog-to-digital converter that was offered was the fastest available anywhere at that time. The company was very successful. In 1978 Analog Devices bought Computer Labs. For a time the company was operated as Computer Labs Division of Analog Devices. Eventually it became Analog Devices - Greensboro Division. This company is still in operation today and has about 300 employees.

Since leaving Computer Labs, Eubanks has spent much of his time teaching math at Nash Community College where he received the outstanding teacher award for 2004. He retired from teaching at age 80. He lives in Rocky Mount, NC with his wife, Sue Fowlkes Eubanks. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.


Working for RCA, Cataldo "Tal" Falco helped develop the first large screen color television. The system used a variety of new technologies which ultimately became the standard for all color television for decades to come. Falco also participated in development of precision radar and led design of digital controls and readouts, simpler and more accurate.

As manager of Aerojet Corporation's Microwave Division, Falco assembled a team and directed the development and first space use of microwave radiometry for weather, ocean and land observation (fulfilling my vision and that of Dr. William Nordberg, NASA). This required extensive research in microwave radiometry theory. Microwave signatures were identified for atmospheric and geographic elements. A new electrically scanning microwave antenna, solid state Dicke switch (the ultimate standard for calibration), gallium arsenide diodes, and mixer for 60 GHz radiometer were developed. Falco designed software for analysis of global weather including temperature and water vapor at various altitudes, ocean temperatures and ice thickness, among others, and pseudo-color displays for data presentation.

Finally, at System Development Corp. (later Burroughs) Falco led a team that designed the first internet for NSA incorporating security at all levels. He led the design of the first complete version of TCP/IP and other internet protocols and gateways (predecessors to today's routers).

"In my career I took many risks. They resulted in my participation in many exciting engineering advancements. Do not be afraid to take risks. Work toward a career you find personally satisfying and professionally rewarding. As you advance in your career make time for yourself and your family and friends."


Edward Demah Graham, Jr. was born in Clarksdale, MS, and earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1970 under Professor John R. Hauser. He also received a BS in EE from Mississippi State University and an MS in EE from University of New Mexico (UNM). After studies at NC State, Graham returned to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque where he worked for 32 years retiring as Director of Operations and Engineering.

Graham today

During his tenure at Sandia, Graham made contributions in semiconductor devices and circuits, IC testing, radiation effects, and semiconductor reliability as well as management and leadership in several other technical arena. While at Sandia, he published two books, several papers and became a registered professional engineer (PE). He was also a twenty-year member of the GOMAC Committee, twice as Chair. Dr. Graham left Sandia to become President and CEO of SEMI-SEMATECH in Austin, TX which he ultimately merged with SEMI in San Jose, CA. Graham continues to consult, through SEMI, to the global silicon industry, leading SEMI's Silicon Manufacturers' Group. In the early 2000's, Ed returned to the University of New Mexico to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics; shortly thereafter he was invited to teach a wide range of courses in the ECE Department at UNM. In 2009 he was named Outstanding Teacher in ECE at UNM. Graham's teaching continues through fall semester of 2015 where upon he will retire.


Christina Hammock today

Christina M. Hammock attended NC State University where she earned a BS in Electrical Engineering (2001), a BS in Physics and a MS in Electrical Engineering (2002). She graduated from the NASA Academy program at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in 2001. She worked as an Electrical Engineer in the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics at GSFC from 2002 to 2004. Hammock was selected in June 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class. Her Astronaut Candidate Training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. She completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015, and is now qualified for future assignment.

Hammock’s special honors include: NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Juno Mission Jupiter Energetic Particle Detector Instrument, 2012; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Invention of the Year nominee, 2009; United States Congress Antarctic Service Medal with Winter-Over distinction, 2005; NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Suzaku Mission X-ray Spectrometer Instrument, 2005; Astronaut Scholar, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, 2000 to 2001.

"As you make life's big decisions, always take the path that leaves the most doors open and that is closest to the life you have imagined for yourself. Also, never miss the chance to pursue what you are passionate about. If you do so, you will work hard to be extraordinary and that will lead to your achievement of what is truly rewarding."


John Hauser

John R. Hauser received the B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1960 and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1962 and 1964 respectively. After employment at Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Research Triangle Institute, Durham NC, he joined the faculty at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC in September, 1966 where he was a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept until his retirement in 2007. At NCSU he has held positions of Interim Dept. Head, Director in 1994-1995 and 2001-2002 plus Director of the Solid State Electronics Laboratory and Director of the NSF Center for Advanced Electronic Materials Processing. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Director of the SRC/SEMATECH Front End Processes Research Center.

At NCSU his research interests centered around semiconductor materials and devices with a strong interest in semiconductor device modeling. He has published over 180 articles and two books in technical areas of his research. His awards include the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Research Award at NCSU in1978, the R. J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension at NCSU in 1982, the Semiconductor Industry Association University Research Award in 2002 and the Alexander Quarles Holladay Metal at NCSU in 2003.


After earning a BS – Electrical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University in 1968, Scotty Hinnant achieved the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Nuclear Officer at a large US electric utility company that owned and operated a fleet of five nuclear units. Accomplishments were based on strong technical and business qualifications and hands-on expertise and experience in engineering, construction, startup testing, strategic planning, business unit development, and performance improvement of nuclear power plants. After retirement, his executive experience has been utilized through a consulting business to perform independent safety reviews of operating nuclear power plants, and to advise US and international organizations constructing or considering the construction of new nuclear power plants.

"I am from a poor Eastern NC family and attended a small rural public high school. These factors did not prevent me from receiving a BS-Electrical Engineering degree from a great university. It is most often the focus, motivation, and determination that determine whether you make it through both the educational and business worlds. Stay focused and you can be successful!"


Irwin Holmes

Irwin R. Holmes Jr. received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1960. He was the first African-American to receive an undergraduate degree from the university. He went on to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

After graduation from NC State, Holmes worked for several companies before taking a position with IBM, where he worked for 19 years until his retirement. As a senior manager of computer development at IBM, he earned two patents and was a key member of the task force that led to the development of the IBM PC product line. Holmes has also been an entrepreneur and he developed a shopping center in Durham, NC, started a gourmet restaurant, and developed other real estate ventures.

As one of a handful of African-American students who took those first bold steps to desegregate universities in the South, Holmes helped open the doors to generations of students to come and ensure that they had access to higher education. Holmes was a scholar and had high academic achievement. He was inducted into the electrical engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu, in his junior year. He was also an athlete and ran track, played intramural basketball and varsity tennis. Holmes was the first athlete to integrate the Atlantic Coast Conference and in his senior year he was made co-captain of the tennis team.

Holmes has stayed involved with the university, supporting the NC State Engineering Foundation and the university's Minority Engineering Programs. The Irwin Holmes and Black Alumni Society Conference Room on the Centennial Campus was named in his honor.


J. Stuart Hunter

J. Stuart Hunter (Stu) is a Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. He has a BS, Electrical Engineering (1947); MS, Applied Mathematics (1949); and a PhD, Statistics (1954) all from North Carolina State University. He is the founding editor of the journal Technometrics (1958) and was President of the American Statistical Association (1992). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Honorary Member of the American Society for Quality (1999) and elected member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Stu Hunter received the Shewhart Medal (1970) S.S. Wilks Medal: US Army (1987), the Deming Medal (1986), the Founders Award of the American Statistical Association (1994) and the W.J. Youden, Ellis Ott and Brunbaugh award of the American Society for Quality. He received a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from NC State in 2006 and again in 2008 from Pennsylvania State University. He was published extensively and is the co-author of the text books Introductory Engineering Statistics and Statistics for Experimenters. He remains active as a consultant and lecturer.


Michael Littlejohn

Michael A. Littlejohn earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (1962 and 1964), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1967, all from NC State University. He was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State from 1967-2002, and implemented and directed the 2 + 2 Engineering Program at UNC Asheville. He has authored over 150 papers in refereed scientific and technical journals. Littlejohn was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is one of the principal founders of the Solid State Electronics Laboratory at NC State University and provided significant leadership in the founding of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.

Littlejohn has received the Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Scientist Award, the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Research Award, the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence for teaching and research, and the Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service from the Department of the Army. He was elected to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and named an Alumni Distinguished Professor and recognized for excellence by the Western Electric American Society of Engineering Fund. He is the principle author and investigator for proposal funded by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $30 million for development of the Southeastern University of College Coalition for Engineering Education. He was the first director for this project and helped pioneer innovative teaching methods, new curriculum concepts and multidisciplinary programs for engineering education, the development for methods in distance education, and the development of new techniques in educational technology.


Robin Manning

Rob Manning is the vice president of transmission for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Delivery and Utilization research sector. In this role Manning has overall management and technical responsibility for the annual research activities conducted by EPRI’s transmission programs in collaboration with its global membership.

Following graduation from NC State, Manning joined Duke Energy in 1978 and served as process owner for energy delivery, vice president of electrical standards, vice president of electric transmission and distribution, vice president of gas pipeline engineering, and vice president of operations for the Carolinas before leaving for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 2008. Manning served as the executive vice president of Power Delivery and chief external relations officer for TVA.

Manning has chaired or served on the board of a number of industry organizations. He currently leads One Heart Global Ministries, an Ecuadorian based ministry organization. He formerly served on the University of Houston Engineering Leadership Board, and serves as the current president of the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation Board.

Manning earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Remember acquiring knowledge is the beginning of success. True success is the summation of life experiences grounded in knowledge and developed by listening and respecting the contributions of others. It is not how you acquire knowledge, but how you share it that counts."


Steve Marbut received a BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 1974. Starting with an interview through the NC State placement office, Marbut began his career with General Electric Company. He progressed through various assignments in technical sales and marketing, product management, purchasing and logistics to President of Hitachi GE lighting in Toyko. He was responsible for multiple new product introductions, achieved over thirty five million dollars in purchasing cost reductions, restructured logistics operations in both the US and Europe and expanded the Hitachi GE lighting business fivefold in revenue.

Moving to President and CEO of Lummus Corporation, Marbut addressed a needed turnaround delivering earnings consistently in the range of 15% of revenue. He tripled sales, grew global share to over 50% and implemented “design for manufacturability” and lean “demand flow” initiatives that drove manufacturing cycle times down from months to days. Greenfield operations were established in China and India and three major acquisitions completed. Lummus has introduced more than twenty five new products during his tenure and has nine active patents. Marbut’s volunteer work includes Chairman of the Board and Trustee for Hilton Head Island Preparatory School, President and Board member of Hilton Head Baseball Association, past member of Georgia Southern University Business School advisory board and past member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.


John Mayo

The distinguished career of this outstanding alumnus is marked with significant contributions to the development of electronics. Since joining Bell Laboratories in 1955, he has held several key positions and is now Vice President of Electronics Technology.

He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State in 1952, 1953, and 1955, respectively.

Notable among his career achievements are his work on the command decoder and switching unit for the Telstar Communications Satellite and his involvement in developing methods for transmitting picturephone signals. As executive of the Ocean Systems Division during 1971-1973, he directed development of electronic systems for use in the ocean. As Executive Director of the Toll Electronic Switching Division during 1973-75, he was responsible for the first electronic system to switch long distance telephone calls. Among his current responsibilities is that of directing the design and development of efficient, low-cost, high reliability electronics components and associated technologies for use in the telecommunications industry. He holds 12 patents and is author of numerous technical papers.


Thomas McPherson, Jr.

Thomas R. McPherson Jr. is a successful entrepreneur who founded and led several successful high-tech companies. These efforts resulted in one IPO and two mergers. He held executive positions at Hughes Network Systems, Bay Networks and Nortel. Tom currently serves on several boards while pursuing his interest in golf, aviation and international travel.

McPherson played a leadership role in successfully establishing companies such as Picture Element Limited, Network Equipment Technologies, Rapid City Communications, Hatteras Networks, Inc., and most recently as CEO of Cognio, Inc., which was sold to Cisco.

McPherson is a 2004 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and served as the first chairman of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program Advisory Committee. He has also delivered NC State’s Entrepreneurs’ Lecture. He established the McPherson Family Distinguished Professorship in support of Engineering Entrepreneurship.

In addition to earning his BS EE and MS EE from the NC State College of Engineering, he received his BS in physics from Davidson College and his Engineer’s Degree from George Washington University.

McPherson resides in North Carolina with his wife Kathy where they enjoy a view of the renown Pinehurst No. 2. He is Chairman of the Given Tufts in Pinehurst and serves on the NC State Engineering Foundation as immediate past President.


A dedicated NC State alumnus, this outstanding 1960 electrical engineering graduate of NC State retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of PSI Energy in 1990. After distinguished service in the US Air Force from 1952 to 1956, he began his career with Carolina Power and Light Company in 1960. In 1980 he left his post as Senior Vice President of Power Supply at CP&L to work with PSI Energy Inc. in Plainfield, IN, as president and chief operating officer and to serve as a member of the board of directors of PSI Resources Inc.

He was appointed a member of the Electric Power Research Institute's Research Advisory Committee, the major policy-setting body for electric power engineering research and development in the US.

A leader of volunteerism at NC State, he has served as chair of the NC State Foundation Board, NC Engineering Foundation Board, the College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Century II Campaign Committee and the Executive Committee of the NC State Development Board. An avid Wolfpack fan, he is a member of the Wolfpack Club and participates in the Alumni Adopt-A-Scholar Program. He is a Caldwell Scholarship benefactor and a member of the Leonidas Polk Lifetime Giving Society and the Chancellor's Circle. Menscer was the recipient of the Menscer Cup in 1997, the NC State College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus award in 1997, and the NC State Watauga Medal in 2001.


Tony L. Mitchell earned the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1987 on a USAF graduate fellowship. He is the first full-time African American to earn that degree from NC State. His dissertation won him the 1988 USAF Research & Development Award.

Dr. Mitchell has over 45 years of professional success, including 31 years university service. His talents earned USAF promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, university promotion to Assistant Dean of Engineering, the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and grants of over $35,000,000.

Prior to selection to the ECE Hall of Fame, perhaps the most appropriate tribute to Dr. Mitchell's outstanding career occurred when he was featured in 55,000 copies of the Fall 2011 NC State Engineering Magazine.

Dr. Mitchell retired from NC State in 2011 and assumed the title of Assistant Dean of Engineering, Emeritus. He continues to serve locally as chair of the NC State Lifelong Faculty Involvement Standing Committee, board member of the Association of Retired Faculty, and member of the NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. National service include scholarship chair of the General H. Hugh Shelton National Leadership Center, ABET program evaluator and consultant to the National Science Foundation.

"I grew up in Robeson County, then and likely still the poorest in NC. I never imagined being blessed with such a fulfilling career and life. Never stop dreaming but realize dreams are accomplished through perseverance, patience, self-confidence, some luck and most of all, faith. Things DO happen for a reason!"


After four years as an aviation electronics technician in the United States Navy, Larry K. Monteith enrolled in North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering in 1956 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960. After graduation, he was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratory and gained limited experience from productions of military ground to air missiles and the Telstar communication satellite while enrolled at Duke University and graduating with a Master of Science degree in 1962. Monteith then worked for the developing Solid-state Micro-electronics division of the Research Triangle Institute and established programs supported by NASA before graduating from Duke with a PhD in 1965. He then joined the faculty at the renowned North Carolina State University at Raleigh in 1968 as an associate professor in the Solid State Micro-electronics division of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Monteith was active in developing research, graduate program, teaching and extension programs when appointed in 1974 as head of the department and then in 1978 as the dean of engineering. After a decade as a dean, Monteith accepted the position of interim and then chancellor in 1988 and 1989 before retiring in 1998 after thirty years of service when the efforts of faculty throughout the entire university improved undergraduate, graduate, research and centennial campus programs that resulted in substantial growth and prominence for the institution.

"From my experience, successes seem to be personal achievements from your innovations and motivations with education from others where required."


Sharat Nagaraj is currently the President/CEO of Celito Communications, Cnc. a Raleigh-born, Raleigh-grown company that was started while he was a student at NC State University. Sharat launched Celito in July 1999 with a passion for providing “desktop to the Internet” solutions for business. A Raleigh, N.C., resident since 1985 and graduate of North Carolina State University (BS in Computer Engineering, 1999), Sharat’s interest in computer engineering began as a student at Enloe High School. While at N.C. State, he worked in a co-op program for Cisco Systems and started his first business, Onsite Computer Services.

Nagaraj has taught numerous network security classes, utilizing Cisco hardware devices, to large corporate and governmental organizations. He has planned and implemented security systems in organizations throughout Wake County and consulted on large corporate projects around the country. With an innate entrepreneurial spirit, Nagaraj thrives on assisting and fostering new businesses. An active member of the business community and supporter of the arts and children’s charities, he is the immediate past Board Chair at Marbles Kids Museum and a current Board of Trustee at The North Carolina Symphony.

"As you go through college and life, enjoy and cherish every moment, good or bad as you go through it…..because success is very relative and personal."


Sanjay Nayak is a successful entrepreneur and a well-regarded thought leader in Indian telecom and electronics industry for his views on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. Nayak co-founded Tejas Networks in Bangalore, as India’s pioneering telecom equipment company. He inculcated a culture of innovation and excellence in Tejas, which has become a market leader in India and is ranked amongst the top-10 global optical networking vendors in its segment. Over the last 10 years, Tejas has cumulatively generated revenues of over US$ 500 Million, has customers in more than 60 countries and employs over 600 people. Prior to founding Tejas Networks, Nayak was Managing Director of Synopsys (India), a global leader in Electronic Design Automation software. Earlier in his career, Nayak served as Director-R&D in Cadence Design Systems and contributed to the development of industry-leading VHDL simulator. He also played a key role working with government and industry to help frame India’s new electronics policies.

Nayak has received several awards including the “Electronics Man of the Year” and “Technovation Sarabhai Award” from Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association. He did his BS from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra (India), where he was the Gold Medalist of his graduating class.

"Always stay positive, believe in yourself and be persistent. There may be nine valid reasons why something cannot be done but you have to find that one reason that matters and get it done!"


In 1969, Larry Nixon was a founder of the engineering firm of BASS, NIXON & KENNEDY, Inc. from which he has retired as President. While serving as Chair of the NC Board of Engineering Examiners he was appointed as the NCEES member of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. After completing his service to NCEES, he served as NSPE Southern Vice-President and was appointed to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission to represent NSPE where he served as Vice-Chair. He is a senior member of IEEE and served as a Program Evaluator for IEEE and ABET for accrediting engineering programs throughout the country. Representing NSPE, he was appointed to the ABET Board of Directors where he served on the Executive Committee and as national President of ABET in 2002. He has served as President of PENC and was designated as NC Engineer of the Year for 1991. He has received both the NCEES Distinguished Service Award and the NSPE Distinguished Service Award and is a charter Fellow of NSPE and PENC and in 2005, a Fellow of ABET.

Nixon has served NC State University as a member of the Athletics Council, a member of the NC State Alumni Association Board of Directors, as President of the Engineering Foundation, as President of the Wolfpack Club and Chair of the Building Committee for the Wolfpack Club for the recently completed $128 million dollar expansion of athletic facilities. He is a member of the Riddick Lifetime Giving Societies and the Dean’s Circle.

"Summer intern work may become the best advancement of your engineering career and your best job interview. Seek out a good summer job. Both my daughter (BSEE ’85) and I subsequently worked for our intern employer after graduation."


Billy B. Oliver is a Communications Consultant who recently retired from AT&T Communications after working with AT&T for almost forty years.

He was born in Selma, N.C. in 1925. He graduated from Selma High School in 1942, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and graduated with honors from North Carolina State College in 1954 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While at N .C. State he was President of Campus Government, received the "Outstanding Engineering Senior" award, was a member of Golden Chain, Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Thu Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Thete Thu, and IEEE. He also worked at radio station WRAL to support his family while attending school.

During his forty years with AT&T he held various assignments in Engineering, Plant, and Sales, and attended a two year training program at Bell Telephone Laboratories. His last two positions were that of Chief Engineer of nine southeastern states from 1967 to 1972, and Vice President Engineering Planning & Design at AT&T Long Lines Headquarters from 1972 until his retirement in 1985. While in his last position, he was accountable for planning, designing, and directing the evolution of AT&T's long distance network. He was responsible for network architectures, technical policies and standards, new technologies and network capabilities, and maintenance and provisioning support systems. It was during this period that AT&T's network was converted to Common Channel Signaling, the switching machines were replaced with 4ESS digital switches, the first fiber optic cables were installed, and the network was being converted to Dynamic Nonhierarchical Routing.

While with AT&T Mr. Oliver served on the National Academy of Science panels for the Space Application Board and the Social Security Mechanization Board. He prepared testimony and testified before the Federal Communications Commission, Senator Hollis committee of the U.S. Senate, and before Judge Greene on the AT&T anti-trust case. Mr. Oliver holds three patents. He serves on the Board of Directors of Digital Microwave Corp. and Communications Network Enhancements Inc.

Billy Oliver and his wife Irma reside in New Jersey. The Olivers have two children; a daughter Mrs. Jenny 0. Briney of Virginia and a son David Oliver of New York. Mr. Oliver is a member of the United Methodist Church in Chatham, N J .His hobbies are fishing, swimming, golf, and bridge.

Mr. Oliver is co-recipient of the 1989 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, along with Gerald R. Ash, "For contributions to the conceptions and implementation of Dynamic Nonhierarchical Routing (DNHR) in telecommunications networks."


John L. Prince graduated from Southern Methodist University with high honors and attended graduate school at NCSU with an NSF Fellowship where he honed his skills as a research engineer at Research Triangle Institute.

Believing that industry experience was important, Prince began his career at Texas Instruments, Inc., before moving to Clemson University where he continued semiconductor research and achieved the rank of Professor. Later, he was Director of Reliability Assurance for Intermedics, Inc., and learned much about the medical device industry.

Returning to academia as Professor in the ECE department at University of Arizona in 1983, Prince directed research centers focused primarily on electronic packaging and taught microelectronics courses. He had great respect for students who wanted to learn and did all he could to encourage them. On sabbatical he served as Distinguished Visiting Scientist and Acting Director of Packaging Sciences for Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

Prince was awarded the rank of IEEE Fellow in 1990, SRC Inventor Award in 1988, the 1988 Semiconductor International Technology Achievement Award, and Arizona Innovator of the Year in 1991. Through the years he served on scientific advisory committees to the Department of Defense.

A plaque presented at the 2006 IEEE 10th Workshop on Signal Propagation on Interconnects in Berlin, Germany, states who he was: “Remembering John L. Prince
Provocative yet Calm, Curious yet Courteous,
Visionary yet Pragmatist, Challenging yet Friendly
This was the legacy of John!
A dear colleague and friend, whose
activities and vision had a profound impact on our
engineering community”


Deborah S. Proctor, General Manager and Chief Engineer of WCPE, passed the exam for a FCC "First Class Radio License" while too young to get a driver's license. As an Electrical Engineering student at NC State University in the early 1970s, she and four of her peers founded WCPE, which is an independent listener-supported radio station dedicated to excellence in classical music broadcasting. They handbuilt a 12,500 watt transmitter and all of the studio equipment and made a L-Band microwave Tx/Rx pair to connect the transmitter to the studio five miles away. On July 17, 1978, WCPE's first program, the BBC World News, was broadcast via shortwave. This also marked the first regular US rebroadcast of their news. Among the innovations that Ms. Proctor has overseen at WCPE is the creation of an international Internet broadcast presence, making WCPE the first radio to be broadcast over the Internet (October 2, 1996).

Through the 1990s, she worked to upgrade the FM rules for public radio to those of commercial radio, correcting a 100 fold technical anomaly between them, now nicknamed "The Raleigh Rule." Ms. Proctor also helped pass a November 2002 Federal law giving small, non-profit webcasters a simple royalty license. Ms. Proctor is a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineering, an IEEE member, a founding member of the NC Public Radio Association, and has served on the NC Public Broadcasting Advisory Board and the NC Association of Broadcasters Board. For more than 30 years, she has combined her knowledge of engineering with her love of classical music, creating great prominence for the station.


Jason Rhode, Ph.D., was named president and chief executive officer in May 2007. Previously, Dr. Rhode served as vice president and general manager of Cirrus Logic's Mixed Signal Audio Division, where he oversaw the revitalization of Cirrus Logic's strong portfolio of analog and mixed-signal converter ICs for consumer and professional audio markets. Previously, Rhode served as director of marketing for analog and mixed signal products.

Rhode joined Cirrus Logic upon completion of his doctorate degree in 1995 from North Carolina State University, serving as an analog design engineer. Rhode assumed roles as design manager in 1998 and became director of Marketing in 2002.

A member of IEEE, Jason has been issued 19 U.S. patents in the area of mixed signal technologies.

Rhode holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University, as well as a masters of science in electrical engineering and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.


Wesley Snyder received his BSEE from North Carolina State University, and his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. After serving in the US Air Force and the Peace Corps, he joined the NCSU Department of Electrical Engineering in 1976.

He was a Faculty Senator, chaired the University Research Committee, was Associate Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and was director of the Center for Advanced Computing and Communications.

Dr. Snyder is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineers (AIMBE). He has advised 28 MS and 24 PhD students, published over 150 technical papers and authored two books, the first textbook in robotics and a machine vision textbook, and holds three patents. He has applied his expertise to problems ranging from medical imaging to satellite tracking at General Electric, NASA, the German Space Agency, and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and other organizations. He was a manager or co-manager of U.S. Army Research Office funding programs, including Systems and Controls and Information Assurance Systems.

He has served on IEEE journal editorial boards and organized or chaired numerous conferences including chairing the 2010 International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He was a founding member of the Robotics and Automation Council (now society).

"Remember, you are an engineer. Solving problems is what you do. Also, anything, once understood, seems trivial."


Jim Stritzinger currently serves as the Executive Director of Connect South Carolina, a non-profit that delivers broadband strategic planning and provides South Carolina’s only comprehensive broadband map. In addition to being a community leader and mentor, he is a successful technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in software development.

Stritzinger received his BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 1986. While at NC State, Stritzinger spent several years at IBM and a summer with Schlumberger Offshore Services. His career path began at General Electric and continued to his family’s computer store, The Data Place, before launching a software company in 1990. Stritzinger’s company, ClearView Software, was acquired by Solomon Software in 1998 and later became part of Microsoft. In more recent years, he formed South Carolina’s private equity organization, SC Launch, directed the construction of a private data center, and has worked with a number of non-profits including FIRST Robotics and IT-oLogy. Because of his background of successful leadership, Stritzinger was selected to join the inaugural class of the prestigious Liberty Fellowship and become a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Stritzinger and his Wolfpack wife Laura (’85) live in Columbia, SC. They have three daughters. He is a competitive golfer, runner and triathlete, having completed Ironman 70.3 Miami in 2015.

"The best advice I can share came from two legends. Author and former General Electric Vice-Chair Larry Bossidy told me to “Be humble” early in my career. In addition, I’ll never forget Jim Valvano imploring all of us to “Don’t give up … Don’t ever give up!"


William F. Troxler is a native North Carolinian who attended North Carolina State University on the GI Bill after serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1952.

Following his graduation, he worked for the U.S. Army Research Command in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. It was here that he realized there was a great need for sophisticated testing equipment in the post war economic boom. He returned to Raleigh and after doing some post graduate work in electrical engineering, he started his own company. Beginning in the basement of his home in Raleigh, he pioneered the development and production of the nuclear testing and measuring devices used in the construction and agricultural industries. He also designed special devices for NASA, which were used in the first scientific satellites launched in the early 1960’s.

Under his direction, the company, Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc. grew from a one-man basement operation to its present size of 110,000 square feet and approximately 86 full-time employees. In addition to this facility, which is located in the Research Triangle Park, Troxler has offices in Germany, China, Canada and seven other U.S. cities.

Since the inception of his company in 1956, Mr. Troxler has been involved in innumerable activities and organizations in his industry and his community.

His past affiliations include: The Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Testing Materials, International Road Federation Board of Directors, Construction Industry Manufacturers Association, General Chairman International Conference on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications, National Research Council, Civil Engineering Research Foundation, Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology, Highway Innovation Steering Committee, Chairman of the North Carolina State University Engineering Advisory Council, President of the North Carolina World Trade Association – 1971-1972.

His awards include: 1985 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award for North Carolina State University, 1972 President’s "E" Award for Outstanding Contribution to Export Expansion, 1981 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting, Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi for outstanding engineering accomplishments.


Turner Whitted joined NVIDIA in 2014 after 15 years at Microsoft Research where he founded the hardware devices group and managed the graphics group along with a variety of other groups devoted to HCI. He was a co-inventor of the signal processing algorithm for ClearTypeTM. He co-founded Numerical Design Limited in 1983 and served as president and technical director until 1996. Earlier, as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, he introduced recursive ray tracing as an implementation of global illumination. In his early career he designed digital test equipment, antenna measurement systems, and components of a sonar signal processor.

He earned BSE and MS degrees from Duke University and a PhD from North Carolina State University, all in electrical engineering. He is an adjunct research professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina and adjunct professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. In the past he has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and ACM Transactions on Graphics, was papers chair for SIGGRAPH 97, and served on the SIGGRAPH executive committee. In 2005 he was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by North Carolina State University and in 2013 received ACM SIGGRAPH’s Steven A. Coons Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


As Executive Chairman at ChannelAdvisor, Scot Wingo sets the strategic direction for the company, and works closely with the management team to align product direction with market trends. Scot is an industry thought leader, contributing regularly to several ChannelAdvisor blogs and speaking often at industry events.

Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year.

"My advice to students today: Success is a series of choices that are entirely in your hands. Don’t accept the status quo. Instead, take the unconventional path and "May the force be with you!"